Soon in tunes: Rebelution, Jan. 15 at George’s

January 14th, 2015 at 12:11 pm



Before California-based reggae act Rebelution departs on an Australian tour, the band will have a tour of the South. Included among the dates is a Thursday (Jan. 15) stop at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville. Also included on the band’s “Winter Greens” tour is Katchafire. The show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. The band is also among those selected for the annual Wakarusa festival, which comes to the area in early June.

Second installment of Wakarusa lineup released

January 14th, 2015 at 11:16 am

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In the video above, Ben Harper says ‘Jah Work’ is never done. The Wakarusa announcements are not done, either. Part two of three, released today, includes Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals.

If I could summarize the reaction to last week’s Wakarusa lineup announcement, the first of three such announcements, it would be this: “Not a bad start.” The typical response would also note that the top three spots on the lineup were yet to be released.

So where does that put us after today’s announcement, the second of three for the festival that takes place from June 4-7 on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark?

With a little clearer picture of festival’s top tier, of course.

Ben Harper will make a return trip to Wakarusa, having performed there in 2011. That year, he performed with a backing band known as Relentless7. This time, it will be with a reunited Innocent Criminals. Also included in the second announcement are acts such as reggae rockers Slightly Stoopid, indie rockers Portugal. the Man, Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper, and electronica act Big Gigantic.

A third lineup announcement is expected next Wednesday (Jan. 21).

Tickets are onsale now, and four-day passes begin at $164 (camping not included).

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AMP lineup announcement includes Kenny Chesney, more

January 14th, 2015 at 10:36 am

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Kenny Chesney sings “American Kids.” About 10,000 American kids will cram into the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers in late July to see him perform there.

To give some perspective to the current Kenny Chesney tour called “The Big Revival,” it stops at AT&T Stadium, the massive complex near Dallas where the NCAA national football championship was just played.

On Aug. 1, it rolls into Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Capacity there exceeds 70,000.

Two nights before? It comes to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion.

The Chesney concert on July 30 is just one of several announced today for the now year-old venue in Rogers. Also coming during the 2015 season will be Brantley Gilbert on May 1, Chicago on May 3, Steve Miller Band on May 16 and the Dave Matthews Band on May 19.

Ticket sale dates are: Jan. 23 for Steve Miller Band, Jan. 30 for Kenny Chesney, Feb. 13 for Dave Matthews Band, Feb. 20 for Chicago and Feb. 27 for Brantley Gilbert. Ticket prices vary, with Chesney tickets topping out at $105 and Gilbert ticket prices as low as $25. All tickets are available through the venue’s website.

On the way: Dave Matthews Band, May 19 at the AMP

January 13th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

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“The Space Between” the time between now and the first concert in the second season at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion grows smaller every day. Dave Matthews will visit the venue on May 19.

Last year, Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion general manager Brian Crowne told me he had a date lined up for the Dave Matthews Band.

The problem was the band had an opening in May, and the venue wasn’t scheduled to open until early June.

So the gig never happened, even if mutual interest remained.

Which means the first official announcement for the AMP’s 2015 season should come as no surprise. Officials with the venue announced that Matthews and company will visit the venue in Rogers on May 19, a Tuesday.

The announcement coincides with the announcement of a major summer tour, which will include a two-set performance at each stop.

Tickets for the event will go on sale Feb. 13, AMP officials announced. Tickets will range between $40.50 and $85, according to the AMP’s website.

More names for the AMP’s 2015 season are expected to be dropped tomorrow (Jan. 14).

Soon in tunes: Wheatfield, Jan. 15 at AAC Live in Fort Smith

January 13th, 2015 at 9:07 am



Before turning his focus to Trout Fishing in America, local musician Ezra Idlet played in a group called Wheatfield — which became St. Elmo’s Fire and the first collaboration with Keith Grimwood, the other half of Trout. Wheatfield, with Grimwood now playing bass and Idlet still on guitar, reformed several years ago, and a new album, “Big Texas Sky,” arrived last year as a result. The group will perform on Thursday night (Jan. 15) at Artist Audience Community Live in Fort Smith. Admission is $40, and tickets may be reserved through

Coming in like a storm: Halestorm, Jan. 12 at George’s

January 12th, 2015 at 11:39 am



By this afternoon, Halestorm fans should probably be able to guess the name of the metal band’s new album.

But Josh Smith, the band’s bassist, isn’t sharing the title just yet. Via social media, the band has been revealing the name of their forthcoming album one letter at a time. A bigger announcement comes on Jan. 13, Smith says.

You could sit around and wait, or you could see the band perform a pair of songs from the album (if you were lucky enough to get tickets, that is…)

The hard rock band will perform tonight (Jan. 12) at George’s Majestic Lounge. The date is a headlining stop away from the band’s current tour as opening act for Eric Church.

Smith talks about Halestorm’s unlikely role as opener for a country act, about the upcoming album and the band’s relentless touring schedule. You can read the story in Friday’s What’s Up! section, which is published in the brand new Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. [Note: Subscriber content]

Tickets to tonight’s show at George’s are sold out.

Some notes on the new Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

January 12th, 2015 at 8:09 am

You may have noticed a change from your newspaper today.

A big change, in fact.

As of this morning, the four metro daily newspapers of the region and the Democrat-Gazette’s regional daily consolidated into one new entity: The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

If you’re interested in any of the how and why, or some of the history of newspapers in the community, you can read more on our website. You can also try the new paper, or its digital products, free for 30 days.

As for us? The arts and entertainment coverage — and pertinent to this blog, music coverage — provided by our staff will not change. If anything, it will expand beyond the pages of What’s Up!, our weekly entertainment guide.

And this blog isn’t going anywhere, either. It will continue to serve as a discussion board for local music events, and will likewise be a place for concert announcements, show reviews and weekly tips on where to go and what bands to see.

I hope you give the new paper a chance. It’s something we’re very excited about, and hope you will be, too.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. But note that I have a new email address —

Soon in tunes: Helmet, March 7 at the Lightbulb Club

January 9th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

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Helmet performs “Milquetoast.” I somehow suspect an upcoming Helmet concert in Fayetteville will be something quite different than milquetoast.

This show is going to make about 100 people very happy.

New York City metal forerunners Helmet have spent much of last fall in Europe celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album “Betty.” On tour, the band has been playing that album in its entirety, then playing a second set with other tracks.

The tour now includes some American dates, and a stop in Fayetteville is among them.

The group performs at The Lightbulb Club on March 7. Tickets went on sale this morning via

The weekend in live music, with the Ozark Mountain Maybelles and more

January 9th, 2015 at 5:03 am

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It may not get above freezing this weekend. And if it does, it may only do so briefly.

It won’t stop live music from happening in Northwest Arkansas this weekend, and it shouldn’t stop you. Get tough, okay?

Here are a few events happening this weekend:

Songwriters Gracie Lane and Amy Leigh join forces as the Ozark Mountain Maybelles. The duo from Arkansas play traditional-sounding music and will do so at a pair of local gigs this weekend. See them live Saturday night (Jan. 10) at The Pied Piper Pub in Eureka Springs and on Sunday evening (Jan. 11) at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe.

What else?

Well, Benjamin Del Shreve will entertain Saturday at Mojo’s Pints and Pies in Fayetteville.

And the ’80s cover band Hot Lix will perform the same evening at George’s Majestic Lounge.

What’s on your agenda?

Round one of the 2015 Wakarusa lineup announced

January 7th, 2015 at 12:03 pm

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You know that many Wakarusa attendees are all about that bass. So how about this version of “All About That Bass,” performed by Meghan Trainor, Jimmy Fallon and his house band, The Roots. The Roots, by the way, are coming to Arkansas.

It’s a fool’s gambit to try to pick the Wakarusa lineup. There’s always a few names you don’t expect.

So let’s get to the names we do know for this year’s Wakarusa, shall we?

Wakarusa promoters announced the first of three rounds of artists via Instagram this morning. Topping the first third of the artists are hip hop icons The Roots, beloved electronic rockers STS9, reggae rockers Rebelution and indie act Young the Giant.

Other acts named for the festival, which takes place from June 4-7 on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, include Galactic, The Old 97’s, The Devil Makes Three and Paper Diamond.

More acts are expected to be named on Jan. 14 and Jan. 21.

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